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Driver punches and slams small dog until it dies on L.A. sidewalk, police say

Animal cruelty suspect car
Police have released a photo of the car driven by a man who was seen punching and slamming a small dog against a Boyle Heights sidewalk until it died.
(Los Angeles Police Department)

Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who they say punched and slammed a small dog against a Boyle Heights sidewalk until it died.

A witness told police that he saw a small dog jump out of a Dodge Caravan at 1:30 p.m. May 14 in the 1600 block of East First Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The driver got out of the vehicle and chased the dog until he finally caught it.

He then punched the dog and flung it onto the sidewalk until it died, police said.

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The driver returned to his vehicle and drove off, leaving the dog behind. But the witness took a photograph of the man’s vehicle.

The driver was described as a balding, gray-haired white man, between 50 and 60 years old, about 280 pounds and 6 foot 2.

He was driving a silver or gray Dodge Caravan, 1996 to 2000, with an off-color rear bumper.

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Anyone with details about the driver or vehicle is urged to call  Det. Alfredo Reyes at Los Angeles Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Task Force at (213) 486-0450. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (800)-222-8477.

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